RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County
40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights NJ 07922

Press Release

FOR RELEASE: March 10, 2011
CONTACT: Margaret “Peggy” Salisbury (908) 771-5730
Norma T. Sheld (908) 771-5815

RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital Activity Professionals Honored During National Activity Professionals’ Week


The Activity Professionals of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County were recognized for their outstanding services as part of National Activity Professional’s Week, January 16th-21st by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital has 300 skilled nursing beds and 44 adult behavioral health beds. The Activity’s staff works hard to enhance the quality of life of the residents and patients through creative programs. These programs are designed to promote multiple purposes daily including socialization, physical activity, self-esteem as well as independence and intellectual functioning.

“Activities run by these professionals help individuals maintain a healthier, more active mental outlook,” noted Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh. “They oversee events and programs from picnics to the Annual Prom. As part of the observance of National Activity Professional’s Week, the Activities Therapy staff ran a very special event, Bingo Bonanza for residents, patients, employees and visitors. RUNNELLS in-house TV system enabled the event to be enjoyed facility-wide. The freeholders were proud to declare January 16th-21st National Activity Professionals’ Week in Union County, recognizing our exceptional staff.”

Anyone who would like more information about the programs and services offered at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital should call 908-771-5901.

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In Photo: During National Activity Professionals’ Week, the RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital’s Activities Therapy staff posed in front of the board for their facility-wide “fun-raiser” Bingo Bonanza to receive a resolution from the Union County Freeholders. The resolution was presented by Acting Administrator, Joan I. Wheeler, MSN, RN, LNHA, (seated, right). Wheeler and Patricia Scott, AD, BA, CRS (Certified Recreation Supervisor), Director of Activities Therapy and Volunteer Services, Union (seated, left) displayed the resolution. Staff includes (standing L-R) Keri Burns-Woessner, BA, Recreation Therapist, New Providence; Daniela DeFronzo, BA, MT-BC (Music Therapist, Board-Certified), Springfield; Bridgette Jordan, Recreation Therapy Aide, Scotch Plains; Kara Nistorenko, Recreation Therapist, Watchung; Julie O’Connell, Principle Clerk/Typist, North Plainfield; Alice Jackson, Recreation Therapy Aide, Plainfield; Carla, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist; Albert Hendricks, Recreation Therapy Aide, Plainfield and Zalak, BS, Recreation Therapist.

Not in photo: Jaimee Hawkins, MS, Assistant Director of Activities Therapy; Vincenzia Beaty, Senior Recreation Therapist, Cliffwood; Susan, MA, ATR, Recreation Therapist; Ana Gonzalez, Recreation Therapy Aide, Elizabeth; Jamie B. Granato, BA, Recreation Therapy Aide, Scotch Plains; Carol Michalowski, Recreation Therapy Aide; Gina Greeson, MT-BC, Music Therapist, Raritan and Salomi Massaras, M.Ed., MT-BC, Music Therapist, Rockaway.


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